Leonard Cohen recites 'In Flanders Fields'

Listen to the late great poet read Lt.-Col. John McCrae's signature Remembrance Day poem

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen performs on the Old Ideas World Tour at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta on March 22, 2013.
(Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, File)

Leonard Cohen—Canada’s iconic poet and musician—died on Nov. 10, at the age of 82. It was a keenly felt loss, perhaps especially so given the fact that the announcement of his passing came on the eve of Remembrance Day, a time reserved for the honouring of those who fought in war and those who sacrificed everything for their country.

It’s only fitting, then, that Cohen recited Remembrance Day’s signature poem, “In Flanders Field,” to honour the rondeau’s 100th anniversary last year for Legion Magazine. His deep, well-hewn baritone delivers Canadian Lt.-Col John McCrae’s baleful words perfectly, and there is something surely haunting about his reading of the poem’s climactic declaration: “We are the dead.”

On this day dedicated to remembrance, Cohen’s reading is a must-listen. Lest we forget.

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